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March 01, 2015
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[In our February 12 issue we reprinted a 1978 TRR profile of Bennet Allen. As reported in that article, the Allens and another family, the Aikens, were the first black people to move to Narrowsburg, NY, in 1960. Recently, Tusten historian Grace Johansen met with his son Gerry to learn more.]

Gerry Allen and I met at the library here in Narrowsburg, NY. Our purpose was to learn more about the Allen Farm in later years. Gerry is a tall, pleasant man and we soon found common ground in our experiences as children of resort owners.

Along the river this time of year one can find a myriad of waterfowl; anywhere that has ice-free, flat water, there are likely to be ducks, geese, or gulls trying to find a meal. Having access to...

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It’s not often you’ll hear me approving of news out of Arizona. The state that gave us Evan Meacham and Sheriff Joe Arpaio is not usually thought of as a birthplace for interesting ideas. But they...

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The Boy Scouts of America celebrated their 105th anniversary this past February 8. As an Eagle Scout and the father of an Eagle Scout, I embrace many of the teachings of the Scouts, especially its...

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The potpie, that comforting American classic, dates back to the days of the Roman Empire, when all sorts of meats were tucked under burnished pastry crusts to serve at elaborate banquets. Nowadays...

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I’m sorry. I swore that I would not write another single word about the weather, but it’s all anybody is talking (and posting on social media) about. Well, that and Lady Gaga—and I’m not even sure...

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As a fitting follow-up to my last column about the importance of a child’s early relationship with nature, some exciting opportunities have been announced at Lacawac Sanctuary, a nature preserve,...

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Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting

ELDRED, NY — The Delaware Company will host a Washington’s Birthday Beer Tasting at Henning’s Local on Saturday, February 21 from 2 to 5 p.m., with a snow date of Sunday, February 22. The celebration will feature tastings from several local breweries; hardy 18th century tavern fare and birthday cake. A historical trivia contest—with prizes—titled “American Walks Into a Bar: The Role of Beer in the American Revolution” will be led by Sullivan County Historian John Conway. General Washington, in the person of talented re-enactor Paul Brennan, will be the guest of honor.  Read more

Chocolate Dessert Social at the museum

CUDDEBACKVILLE, NY — All of your chocolate wishes can come true at the Neversink Valley Museum’s Valentine’s Day Chocolate Dessert Social on Saturday, February 14, from 1 to 4 p.m. Many varieties of chocolate and other desserts will be offered. Choose three desserts for $5; beverages are free. Takeout is available. The social will be at the D&H Canal Visitor’s Center.  Read more

Valentine’s Day at the library

WESTERN SULLIVAN COUNTY, NY — There will be a Zombie Valentine Party for teens on Friday, February 13 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Jeffersonville branch of the Western Sullivan Public Library. There will be zombie-themed games, cookie decorating, Valentine making and more. The event is for ages 12 and up. Registration is required.  Read more

Hearts in Winter: Poetry at The Cooperage

HONESDALE, PA — Members of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective (UDWC) will read from their original poetry at The Cooperage, 1030 Main St., Sunday, February 15 at 2 p.m.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, poems will center on the many variations of love—romantic love and the love of friends and family. In honor of the season, the UDWC will also present poems about winter, the return of the light and the promise of spring.  Read more

Create a Picasso painting of your loved one

CALLICOON, NY — Callicoon Trading on Upper Main Street in Callicoon will host a Date Night/Paint Night on the eve of Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Release your inner artist as you sip a glass of wine and relish chocolate-covered strawberries. Just glide your paintbrush across your canvas to create a masterpiece, Picasso style, of your loved one or friend. No experience is necessary. Bring your favorite bottle of wine. All painting materials are provided, along with wine glasses and strawberries. The cost is $40 per person. Seating is limited.  Read more

Gaga for Gershwin on Valentine’s

HAWLEY, PA — Harmony Presents will host “Gaga for Gershwin,” a Valentine tribute to the Great American Songbook’s composers and lyricists, on Saturday, February 14 at 8 p.m. Performers will be soprano Dorothy Stone and “Canada’s Next Top Crooner” Ori Dagan.  Read more

Valentine’s Comedy Night at Hunt’s Landing

MATAMORAS, PA — The Pike County Chamber of Commerce will present an evening of eating, laughter and love at the second annual Pike Chamber’s Comedy Night, to be held at the Best Western Inn at Hunt’s Landing on Friday, February 13. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner is at 7:15 p.m., and laughs begin at 9 p.m. The show will feature comedians Melvin George and Mike Gaffney, who have performed at famous locations such as Caroline’s, on the Ellen Show, at Carnegie Hall, Gotham Comedy Live and Last Comic Standing, to name a few.  Read more

What’s love got to do with it?

Good question. Once again, there’s a dark cloud over my head, and it’s called Valentine’s Day. Most people have a holiday they could live without and mine is due on Saturday. While the actual history of Cupid’s rise to fame is debatable, romantic love is deeply rooted in the various interpretations.  Read more

ARTery presents ‘Attraction’

MILFORD, PA — The ARTery Gallery will present a new exhibit, “Attraction,” running from Friday, February 13 through Thursday, March 12, with an opening reception on Saturday, February 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. The show will feature new works by the members that explore the notion of attraction as it applies to love and beyond.  Read more

Local movie ‘Hits’ in Callicoon

CALLICOON, NY — David Cross’ new dark comedy “Hits,” which was shot in Liberty (see our story in the January 15 issue (www.riverreporter.com/news/4302/2015/01/14/youtube-america-liberty-ny) will play for one night only in special pay-what-you-want screening on Thursday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. This is a CineArt presentation, a joint project of the Callicoon Theater and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance. The Callicoon Theater is located at 30 Upper Main St. Call 845/887-4460.

‘Shorts & Sweets’ in Hurleyville

HURLEYVILLE, NY — “Shorts & Sweets: Love or Something Like It” will be presented by Big Sky Productions at the Sullivan County Museum on Saturday, February 21 at 7:30 p.m. The museum is located at 265 Main St. The theme for this episode of Shorts & Sweets, coming, as it does, the weekend after Valentine’s Day, is “Love or Something Like It.” The program will include stories and jokes, some funny, some poignant, on the theme of love (or not).

Featured performers are Paul Ciliberto, co-host of Ciliberto and Semerano on Thunder 102 radio; actress  Read more

Gypsy Jazz supper club

HAWLEY, PA — Swing to the vibe of 1930s “hotclub” jazz at The Settlers Inn Jazz Supper Club on Sunday, February 15 of Presidents’ Day weekend. The Gypsy Jazz Quintet plays from 6 to 9 p.m., and a special prix fixe menu is served from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.  Read more

Art.Write.Now.Tour comes to CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Art.Write.Now.Tour 2014-15, a nationwide traveling exhibition showcasing more than 130 original pieces of art and writing from the teen winners of the 2014 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will open on February 21 at the Catskill Art Society (CAS) Arts Center at 48 Main St. Free and open to the public through March 22, the exhibit hosts student work from around the country, including works by local writer Sarah Mughal from Vestal Senior High School and artist Maxwell Vonderhorst, a graduate of Warwick Valley Middle School.  Read more

‘Piece Together Peace’ at CAS

LIVINGSTON MANOR, NY — The Catskill Art Society (CAS) will present the artwork of Cynthia Strunsky McLean in “Piece Together Peace,” an exhibition in the new Elevator Gallery, running from Friday, February 13 to Sunday, March 29, at the CAS Arts Center at 48 Main St. There will be a free opening reception for the exhibit on Friday, February 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. Tasty tidbits prepared by Bethel Market Café will be served.  Read more

Pondering ‘the public interest’

The PBS program NYNow created a furor last week with an opinion poll on the Constitution Pipeline that asked: “Should public interest override a private landowner’s control over their property?” As many outraged respondents noted, the premise of the question is seriously biased. Since the pipeline will perpetuate our reliance on fossil fuel and facilitate the export of natural gas for private profit, the assumption that it represents “the public interest” is highly debatable.  Read more

Count birds for Valentine’s Day: the Great Backyard Bird Count

I’m writing this near the end of January, and it’s cold out; 9 degrees in Shohola with a 15-mph wind and some higher gusts. There are some hardy souls that are out ice fishing, catching the last part of hunting season, or maybe eagle watching or some other form of birding. If this cold weather is making you feel more like a “snowbird” with a yearning to head south, there is an event just around the corner that won’t give you a case of the chills.  Read more

Cabin fever

I’ve got it—how ‘bout you? Depending on what Internet source you use, cabin fever has different connotations, with an underlying theme: boredom, laced with anger, tinged with restless paranoia. Not that I needed to look it up. Born and raised in upstate New York, I’ve had the fever once or twice, but there was no worldwide web in my childhood with which to divert and entertain. Still, one can only spend so much time surfing the web, before the walls invariably close in.  Read more

Bethany hosts Soup-er Sunday

BETHANY, PA — The Bethany Collective will host its third Soup-er Sunday on February 22 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Bethany Public Library.

“We have another great selection of homemade soups for friends, neighbors, and guests,” said Janet Heinly, one of the event coordinators. “We’re featuring beef barley, Manhattan clam chowder, creamy mushroom, split pea with ham, navy bean, cabbage, potato leek, chicken noodle and more. If you don’t see what you like, just ask if we’ve got it, because we’re getting more selections all the time, so we may have what you’re looking for.”  Read more

NYC DEP launches art and poetry contest

REGION — The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has announced the launch of the 29th annual Water Resources Art and Poetry Contest. Second through 12-grade students attending public, independent, charter or parochial schools (or who are home-schooled) in New York City and in the east and west of Hudson River watersheds are invited to create original art and compose poetry that reflects an appreciation for our shared water resources. Entries will be accepted on-line until March 1, and a ceremony honoring all student participants will take place in May.  Read more

Second annual AuthorFest

HAWLEY, PA — The second annual AuthorFest will be held at the Hawley Silk Mill on Saturday, February 14. Workshops begin at 9:45 a.m., and the meet-and-greet with the authors will last from 12 noon to 3 p.m. The event is free, and books by each of the authors will be for sale in a special bookstore manned by members of the Hawley Rotary. For more information email yannster@ptd.net or call 570/253-5468.  Read more

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